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Easter Bunny Fest at Richmond Auto Mall to aid Rabbitats

This weekend’s Easter Bunny Fest at the Richmond Auto Mall will serve as a fundraiser for Rabbitats and other animal sanctuaries and shelters.

Gail Terry, general manager of the auto mall association, said some 300 to 400 rabbits now call the mall home, and with the mild winter and spring, she’s fearful that population could increase by 50 per cent or more.

“It’s an issue and we’re working towards a plan,” Terry said.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources considers pet rabbits feral and wildlife as long as they’re not contained, according to the Rabbitats Rescue Group.

Rabbitats will be hosting the bunny fest on Sunday, April 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will feature an information table, a garage sale, and a bake sale, all toward raising awareness and funds for sanctuaries and shelters.

Terry said the auto mall has adopted the rabbits, but a long-term solution is needed.

“The more you have, the more risk there is of them getting run over,” she said. “It’s just not a safe place for any kind of animal to be roaming around at free will.”

Terry, a self-confessed animal lover, said it’s not okay to dump your pet, whether it’s a rabbit, cat or dog.

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